Book review: Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton

30274.jpgCircus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton

Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (#3)

Published: 2nd of January 2007/ 1995

Publisher: Berkley

Goodreads: “First time in trade paperback: the third novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

In Circus of the Damned-now in trade paperback for the first time-a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war. Jean-Claude, the Master Vamp of the city, wants her for his own-but his enemies have other plans. And to make matters worse, Anita takes a hit to the heart when she meets a stunningly handsome junior high science teacher named Richard Zeeman. They’re two humans caught in the crossfire-or so Anita thinks.”

 

Review

Circus of the Damned did not scare me or grossed me out as much as Guilty Pleasures or The Laughing Corpse. I also didn’t like it as much as the last two books of the series.

Jean-Claude is turning Anita’s life into one hell of a big mess; Anita is firstly baited by a vampire Master called Alejandro, who controls a pack of rabid vampires who have chewing up people and leaving them on the cemetery. Alejandro wishes to know who is the Vampire Master controlling the city of St.Louis, and his where he rests daily.
Secondly, there’s a pre-historical vampire master, who is millions of years old, a miniature of a man, with a monkey-like face called Oliver. He also wants to know who the vampire master of the city is.
Anita is aware that she and Jean-Claude are both lusting for each other, but she tries not to get that lust get in the way – I have to say that I admire her resistance, she isn’t even tempted with immortality or super strength, which she can have, if she only allows Jean-Claude to give two more marks to complete the human-slave/vampire master bond.

Reasons why I didn’t like Circus of the Damned as much as the two last books:

– less action-packed;
– a lot of characters getting on my nerves.

I’m still really intrigued by Edward, I was happy to see him again, even if the circumstances weren’t the best, but hey, we’re talking about Edward right? If Edward is around it means that shit is about to get down.
Still, the drama between Anita and Jean-Claude is beginning to be infuriating.

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Jean-Claude is always determined to seduce her, and she is stubborn as usual. I hope that after this book they either end up ripping each others’ clothes off or simply ending their flirting, and they continue their paths separately. I believe I won’t be able to handle this on and off thing anymore.

Larry is a new character who is introduced in this book, furthermore, he was also the one who peeved me the most. He is a new animator, he hasn’t even finish college, and he certainly has never had a brush with death before. Larry’s experience with vampire hunting, raising zombies from their graves is zero, the lad is as innocent as they come, not good for the kind of job he has, and definitely not good in terms of survival. If I were Anita I would’ve slapped him a couple of times, Larry really got on my nerves, as all he was good for was being a distraction. Helpless as a lamb.

Despite not having liked Circus if the Damned as much as the previous books, I still loved it so very much. I’ll have to keep on reading xD

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4 Chibis

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Book review: The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton

 

15309.jpgThe Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton

Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (#2)

Published: 2nd of August 2005 / 1994

Publisher: Berkley

Goodreads: “Harold Gaynor offers Anita Blake a million dollars to raise a 300-year-old zombie. Knowing it means a human sacrifice will be necessary, Anita turns him down. But when dead bodies start turning up, she realizes that someone else has raised Harold’s zombie–and that the zombie is a killer. Anita pits her power against the zombie and the voodoo priestess who controls it.

In The Laughing Corpse Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried-and some people better off dead…”

Review:

What a rush!!!

I’m officially part of the Anita Blake fan club. I would love to see this on TV (it would be terribly gory, even worse that The Walking Dead, I’d have to skip those parts, I have a weak stomach).

Anita Blake is once again in trouble, this time she has to deal with some kind of meat-eating zombie, she doesn’t really know what it is, and she fears it may be the worst thing she will ever have to catch. This monster ate a family of three members, leaving only blood splattered everywhere and a few half-eaten remains (yum!).
She also gets another job proposal, this time from a very dangerous man called Harold Gaynor, who offers her a million dollars to raise a 300-year-old corpse. However, to raise a dead body this old she must sacrifice a “white goat”, aka a human being. Evidently she refuses to do so, as it breaks all moral codes she has. Gaynor doesn’t take her refusal well. (let’s keep it that way)
The third person who threatens Anita’s life is the voodoo priestess Senora Dominga Salvador, a very dangerous woman who Anita suspects has had a hand in raising the zombie who’s been murdering families. Dominga Salvador wishes to train her, to make Anita reach her true potential. Again, Anita refuses to have anything to do with her, especially after she sees what Dominga has hidden in her basement.
Also, there is still the remaining problem with vampire Master hottie, Jean-Claude who wants Anita to become his human slave.

Trust me guys, there a lot of wtf/mind-blowing moments…

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Again, I really enjoyed myself, LKH is a master at keeping me thoroughly addicted and at the same time completely grossed out. This series is definitely not your cup of tea if you don’t like to read stuff about corpses getting eaten or ripped apart, as these kind of things tend to happen a lot.

All I can say is that I will keep reading, I can’t stop now, I literally can’t stop flipping the pages!

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5 Chibis

Book Review: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

30281.jpgGuilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (#1)

Published: 1st January 1993

Publisher: Berkley

Goodreads: “Published over ten years ago by Ace, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a series that was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major New York Times bestseller. Now, for long-time Anita Blake junkies and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its trade paperback debut. Readers will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead-and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis, but her greatest lover…”

 

Review

My reaction after reading Guilty Pleasures:

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Thing is… there are 25 books in this series (26th on the works), so how am I going to do this?

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We got a badass in town, her name is Anita Blake, aka the Executioner, she raises the dead for a living and kills vamps whenever she has to (it also gives her tremendous pleasure to do so).

One day Anita gets a visit from Willie, recently turned vampire, who wants to hire her to investigate the vampire murders going on in St.Louis, however, Anita refuses, she doesn’t to put her life in danger, again. Things don’t go her away, when the life of one of her friends gets threatened at Guilty Pleasures, the vampire strip bar she goes to on a bachelorette party. To save her friend from enslavement, Anita investigates the murders, getting herself involved in more trouble than she thought.

Not going to tell you more, the fun thing about this book was not knowing what was going to happen next.

Just be aware that this is your book if you like UF books with crush-worthy characters *coff-Edward-and-Jean-Claude-coff*, badassery in general and let’s not forget that reading this book is the equivalent to getting into a Horror House, it was scary as f***!

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*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Anita is one of my fav characters ever, I read loved how in one moment she is talking about how hiding a gun in a purse means to get killed, and in the other she tells you about her penguin stuffed animal collection, or her natural orange juice secret xD

4.5 Chibis

Joint book review: The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel by Vi Keeland

The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel

The Baller: A Down and Dirty  Football Novel by Vi Keeland

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Published: January 18th 2016

Publisher: Self-published

Summary: “The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room. It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster. The famed quarterback decided to bare all.
And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets. No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera. The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby—screwing with me.
When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.
But I don’t date players.  And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football.  I’d date an athlete.  It’s the other kind of player I don’t date. You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.”

Brody Easton was the ultimate player. Every woman wanted to be the one to change him. But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for. Turned out, I was that girl. Simple right? Let’s face it. It never is. There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after…  And this one is ours.”

Review

Sofia and I decided to do something a little different this time. We read a book with an extremely curious and suspicious title and ended up loving it and as such we are doing a dual book review! So, when you see a book named “The Baller” with an enormous dirty subtitle, fear not! Give that book a chance and enjoy the ride!

Sofia’s Review:

5 F****** STARS

I can’t even talk right now, this book was SOOOOO GOOD!

The first half of the book is just plain funny and sexy, I loved Brody and Delilah so much! It was so entertaining to read their story, I really needed a book like this, I’ve been reading a lot of books lately, but most of them are the same, they just basically have the same story, similar lines, your typical broken hero, blah, stupid drama, blah
I was so not expecting to love The Baller this much! Vi Keeland is officially one of my fav authors right now, I LOVED the way she wrote this book.

When I got to the second half of the book, my enthusiasm got deflated, a third POV is added to the book, Willow’s POV, Willow is Brody’s ex-girlfriend. My heart literally beat faster and my feels got hit again and again; at that point I thought to myself: “holly shit, I’m going to cry so much, I can see it already”. True, I cried, but only a bit, due to other reasons.
I liked how this “love triangle” was dealt with. 50 points to Vi Keeland for how original this was!!!

Also, I feel the need to mention Delilah’s BFF, Indie. Indie is hilarious, I absolutely loved her.

Wait, have I told you how much I LOVED THIS BOOK???

Ana’s Review:

4 Chibis

When Soffy told me I should read The Baller I thought she had gone cray cray once and for all. Yeah, I was wrong. The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel (well, that takes some time to say) is a hilarious book that has its down to earth moments of course but that most of the times will make you have a stupid smile on your face.

One of the things I liked about this book was that I finally read about a guy that although shows his interest in a direct way does not act like an abusing alpha male or jealous freak. We are introduced to a Brody that does not want a relationship, only a good time, but that quickly knows that he really likes Delilah and wants to give a stable relationship a shot. He doesn’t pull her everywhere, doesn’t kiss her when she doesn’t want to. He is always trying to show his good side, doing things that makes her feel special and only makes his move when she makes it extremely clear that she wants to give it a shot as well and in her own terms. I loved the sticks bouquet and the little fish gifts and was positively surprised when he was the first to talk about his past.

Contrary to Soffy’s opinion, I actually liked Willow’s POV. No, I didn’t want Brody’s ex-girlfriend back in the mix and didn’t want to see a love triangle, but that didn’t happen and while I didn’t want her anywhere near Brody, I understood her and felt for her and was happy that she was able to move on as well and will probably have a good future ahead of her.

Oh, and yeah, when are we getting a book dedicated to Indie’s story? Amazing character and wish I could have seen more of her!